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Adam Music Adam Music is the web editor of Before the Blog. After 20-plus years in the online side of print journalism, he joined the ABA in July 2015. His experience includes stints at the Chicago Sun-Times,, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

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Angry Judge

A very cross court: How to survive an angry judge

November 11, 2021

Judges yell. It's a fact of life. And if you're an attorney who has spent a large portion of your career in the courtroom, you've probably had a judge yell at you. Yesterday (or for future readers, November 10, 2021), this axiom played out in

My Little Panic Attack

Your panic attack and you: A user's guide

October 12, 2018

It was 2:30 in the morning on a Tuesday late last November, and there were seven people in my bedroom. For some people, that might be the beginning or end of a great evening. But this bedroom ensemble included two cops, two paramedics, a medic trainee, my wife – and in


LegalTech school: Keeping up with ABA TECHSHOW

March 14, 2018

ABA TECHSHOW came to town last week, and it was great catching up with old faces that I've never seen. I probably met 20 people that I've talked to forever but have never actually met in person. Some were just visiting and taking in an education panel or 10. Some were

2017 Year in Review

Measuring a year: Student Lawyer's top posts of 2017

January 10, 2018

We're a week into 2018 already – time flies when you're trying to escape the weirdness that was 2017! Look at the top news stories on the ABA Journal's recap of last year and you'll find a lot of Donald Trump tales – James Comey's firing, the travel ban, his

Minority In-House Counsel Association conference agenda

October 01, 2017

When: October 24, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT Where:  Metropolitan Club 233 S. Wacker Drive, 66th Floor Chicago, IL 60606 Law student registration: Use the code GUEST at the registration page. MAXIMIZING RELATIONSHIPS, INSPIRING SUCCESS, HONING SKILLS, COLLABORATING ON OPPORTUNITIES AND ACTIVATING CAREERS Juliette Pryor - General Counsel of Cox Enterprises Luis Avila  - Former Interim General

Pizza Fight

The deepest slice: Who makes better pizza – Chicago or New York?

August 02, 2017

Pizza came from Italy to the United States. And then, according to the Italians, pizza went to hell. The evolution of pizza has brought it far from its Neapolitan roots. And yet, it has the New World to thank for its creation. The tomato, native to the Americas,

Kamala Harris

Nobody wants to fail the bar exam, but it happens – even to Kamala Harris

June 20, 2017

This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia and possible ties to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Some of the more memorable exchanges came between Sessions and Sen. Kamala Harris of California. I won't go into the


Depression: Laughing at (and with) your enemy

March 28, 2017

Some days, you win the fight with depression. Some days, you lose. It's a lesson many law students and attorneys have learned and live with daily. I've never been either, and it's one I deal with daily. And traditionally, humor has been my coping mechanism of choice. A few weeks ago, Chris Grady, the

Korematsu memorial

The man behind the Doodle: Fred Korematsu

January 30, 2017

At the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Law Student Division Chair Kareem Aref spoke with founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute Karen Korematsu about her father’s landmark case, Korematsu v. United States.

Networking Wingman

Be the top gun with your networking wingman

July 29, 2016

For some people, networking is a highway to the danger zone. How do you enter a target-rich environment, full of people who could help you in your career, and just start talking to them? For some people, it takes a lot more than just fancy flying around the room to make the right connection. For some people, they need a wingman.

Pokemon Go

Catch them all – Pokemon Go and the law

July 12, 2016

It has been less than a week since Pokémon Go invaded the world. Here's a roundup of some of the pertinent legal writings on how the app's runaway success is intruding into the field of actual law.


First impression? Your LinkedIn profile sucks

June 22, 2016

It's your friend and your enemy. It's your best selling point while simultaneously serving as an ethical gateway to hell. It can make or break your career. And it's just 60,000 square pixels. It's your basic info on LinkedIn. Not your total resume – we'll get to that in the future on the assumption

Star Wars

Video: When Darth Vader goes on trial, the Empire strikes back

May 04, 2016

For many of you, the turning of the calendar merely means today is May 4, 2016. For sci-fi geeks who like puns, it's Star Wars Day – as in May the 4th Be With You. Star Wars itself has been a framing device over the years for points of law.

Be Kind To Lawyers Day

Why be kind to lawyers? Because lawyers are the coolest.

April 12, 2016

So out of the universe that is odd holidays, you might have seen today is National Grilled Cheese Day. It's also Equal Pay Day. And, of importance to many of you, it's National Be Kind To Lawyers Day! If you're looking for a reason to be kind to the lawyers in

Puppies at Techshow

You deserve some cute puppies today

March 30, 2016

This is a Mental Health Day post. Even though it starts with a photo of a pile of puppies, one of which is in a bee costume. Stay with me. This will all make sense in the end. We've been talking this week about mental health. And while March 28 was the

A Foot in the Door

How to get yourself a job two years from now

March 15, 2016

Never ask your academic adviser for a letter of recommendation. They usually come with a catch. Granted, not all of the catches are bad – but they're still catches. But if you work those catches the right way, they could land you your first job down the road.

Write for us

Write for us

January 07, 2016

The law is a deeply complex subject. And I know virtually nothing about it. Which is why I need a little help from you with the subject material. I've only spent about five years on in the legal field – four years at a legal newspaper and magazine in Chicago and a half